Regional and Federal

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With over 5 million people, 8 congressional districts, 3 state-level governments, and 22 local jurisdictions, the Washington region certainly has its complexities, but it also has a rich history of working together through the regional Council of Governments (COG) and partnering on major projects like the Metro system. The Coalition for Smarter Growth has played a central role in promoting a more sustainable and equitable way for our region to grow via a network of walkable, inclusive transit-oriented communities (TOCs). Our 2002 Blueprint for a Better Region illustrated this approach, and led to the 2005 Reality Check visioning exercise, and the Council of Government’s (COG) 2010 Region Forward vision plan, and 2021 resolution to prioritize development at high-capacity transit stations.

Our Work in the DC region


Climate change and the regional Transportation Planning Board (TPB): We have just nine years to slash our greenhouse gas emissions and transportation is now our #1 source.  Our recent report shows electric vehicles will not be enough, transit-oriented communities are key to reducing emissions from driving. We are pressing regional officials to do more and move faster to shift funds from highways to transit and TOCs, both at COG’s Transportation Planning Board (TPB)  and at the Northern Virginia Regional Authority. Learn more >>>

Improving our Regional Transit Network: Having teamed with business allies in the MetroNow coalition in 2018 to win the first-ever dedicated funding for Metro, we are now working with MetroNow and other partners for Better Buses — more frequent, reliable and affordable, with improved networks and dedicated bus lanes, while continuing to press WMATA on safety, maintenance, transparency and communications. Learn more >>>

Latest Happenings


MetroNow Statement on Blue Line Derailment and Ongoing Service Disruptions

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Washington, DC — The MetroNow Coalition—comprised of the Coalition for Smarter Growth, Federal City Council, Greater Washington Board of Trade, Greater Washington Partnership, Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce, the 2030 Group, and Tysons Partnership—today released the following statement on the ongoing WMATA Metrorail service disruptions.
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MetroNow Dispatch (October 2021)

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View the dispatch here.
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RELEASE: COG's Initiative for Equity, Smart Growth, Climate

RELEASE: COG’s Initiative for Equity, Smart Growth, Climate

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PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release: September 23, 2021  Contact: Stewart Schwartz, Executive Director, 703-599-6437 Cheryl Cort, Policy Director, 202-251-7516  CSG Applauds COG's Initiative for Equity, Smart Growth, Climate  COG Proposal to Focus Development around DC Region’s High-Capacity Transit Stations Vote Scheduled for October 13 Today, the Washington Post reported that the Metropolitan Washington
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RELEASE: Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

RELEASE: Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

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PRESS RELEASEFor immediate release May 12, 2020 Contact:Stewart Schwartz703-599-6437 (cell) CSG Released the Following Statement from Executive Director Stewart Schwartz Senators Warner, Kaine, Cardin, Van Hollen Can Fix the Infrastructure Bill "The bipartisan infrastructure bill would pour record amounts of money into transportation. But there are critical flaws which should
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RELEASE: New Analysis Measures Racial and Economic Disparities in Transit Access Across National Capital Region

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2021.06.17-RELEASE_-New-Analysis-Measures-Racial-and-Economic-Disparities-in-Transit-Access-Across-National-Capital-RegionDownload For Immediate Release June 17, 2021 Contact Ben Fried, TransitCenter, 347-675-5592Stewart Schwartz, Coalition for Smarter Growth, 703-599-6437Ron Thompson, DC Transportation Equity Network, 202-780-7940 New Analysis Measures Racial and Economic Disparities in Transit Access Across National Capital Region The Transit Equity Dashboard illustrates inequities in access to jobs, health care,
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